By Letter to the Editor on January 30, 2020.
The provincial government has just sent out letters telling 46,000 people they’re losing spousal coverage for prescription drugs under the Seniors Drug Benefit Program as of the end of next month.
Keeping in mind that the UCP lead, in last spring’s elections, was on the order of 100,000 voters, that’s pretty good chunk of the electorate to tick off.
Oh, not all of those 46,000 voted for the government but over half must have, keeping in mind simple percentages and factoring the demographics which consistently have voters over 60 skewing conservative.
Then, consider that for every person cut off of coverage because they don’t make the age requirement there is a spouse who does qualify but is now also faced with the financial burden imposed on the family by having to pay for their no-longer-insured partner. Which brings us up to 46,000 x 2 = 92,000 voters out of pocket.
On top of which, this is a gift that keeps on giving. For every uninsured spouse who reaches 65 and becomes eligible for coverage, there will be another couple falling into this situation on the other end, as one of the partners turns 65 and the other remains uninsured.
Not as significant an irritant, perhaps, as you shouldn’t miss what you’ve never had, but the political calculation which underlay the old dual coverage remains in play.
Is it enough, in itself, to bring down a government?
But, a couple of thousand voters here and a couple of thousand voters there É it all adds up.